If you've never gotten off of Interstate 81 at Raphine and taken a trip out to Wade's Mill, you've missed one of the fun things to do in our area. The exit is 205, and the drive is only about 4 miles out Va. 606. Raphine road is a Virginia Byway, and of course it will have some beautiful leaves in a few weeks.
Beside the all the wonderful flours and the milling equipment, there's a great gift shop to visit at Wade's. To top it all off, the mill is in one of the most scenic areas of Virginia and right next door to Buffalo Springs Herb Farm. My wife, Glenda, tells me that there is also a great knitting shop, Orchardside Yarn Shop, just down the road.
We wanted to get a few Rada knives for our youngest daughter and for our new spot on the coast. For those of you unfamiliar with Rada knives, they are a pleasure to use. Mostly they are great because you can put a great edge on them, and they keep it. They also fit your hands very well. It's nice to know that they are also American made.
The knives are some of the most durable ones that I've ever used. My mother had some, and they were her favorites for slicing tomatoes or whatever chore needed doing in the kitchen.
We've bought Rada knives from Wade's Mill before. It's a good excuse to get out in the country and enjoy some great mountain air.
When you have tomatoes as ugly as ours you need a good peeling knife and the Rada ones fit the bill.
Wade's Mill is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday: 1 to 5 PM. They close just before Christmas and don't open again until April. Their phone number is 800-290-1400. I posted a few shots I recently took at the mill at this site.